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Spiritual Awakening: Why Sobriety is Necessary for Personal Growth

By Toshia Humphries is a Texan freelance writer, artist, life coach and talk radio co-host of Girl Power Hour on Blog Talk Radio.

Sober Recovery Expert Author

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All around the globe, people are writing and talking about a great spiritual awakening seemingly impacting every individual on the planet. This shift in perspectives, purpose and paradigms is a process commonly referred to as being woke. The experience is unique to each individual, depending on their personal path and experiences up to this point. However, certain components of the awakening process are necessary for spiritual evolution.

Letting go of any lower energies (i.e., anything that feels oppressive, abusive or toxic, depresses the physiological system or prevents healing and growth) is one of those necessary tasks. The term lower energies can apply to anything; food, relationships, music, movies, social media connections, jobs, etc. Therefore, many who are spiritually awakening no longer resonate with the energy of certain hobbies, friends, family and significant others. And, typically, drugs and alcohol (as well as codependency) don’t make the cut. Why? Well, a spiritual awakening doesn’t necessarily make the process of letting go any easier, especially with regard to addiction.

Letting go of negative energy is essential for personal growth and recovery.

Additionally, many believe marijuana, the occasional glass of wine, hallucinogens and other substances are harmless and necessary for spiritual evolution. Nothing could be further from truth.

Sobriety is absolutely key because it allows you to:

Evoke Memories

Sitting with your own painful experience – past and present – is necessary for emotional and spiritual growth. Of course, active addiction is the avoidance of and escape from that process. Sobriety evokes memories and emotions that have been suppressed throughout active addiction. This allows you to sit with and face past and present experiences for the purposes of releasing and healing.

Raise Your Vibration

Though it’s not an easy process and may be taxing, getting sober raises the frequency at which our energy vibrates. You either vibrate at a low frequency, attracting lower (negative) energies and experiences or you vibrate at a high frequency, attracting higher (positive) energies and experiences. During active addiction, you vibrate at a lower frequency by introducing substances (which are low-vibration in nature) into your system.

Getting sober detoxifies your body of these substances, allowing your body, mind and spirit to begin the healing process. This process also raises your vibration – uncovering and releasing negative or lower energies resulting from active addiction and past traumas. This allows you the opportunity to holistically heal and evolve, raising your frequency from the low vibration of fear (i.e., avoidance, escapism, suppression, etc.) to the high vibration of love (i.e., self-love, self-care, self-empowerment).

Increase Awareness

A big part of spiritually evolving involves recognizing and aligning with higher energies. But, first you must become aware of the lower or negative energies you were previously (or are currently) resonating with.

Regardless of the label you give them, low or negative (even dark) energies do indeed exist. Everyone has certainly felt the difference of a bad mood versus that of a good mood. The positive or negative energy that surrounds us influences our moods.

For instance, if you’re surrounded by loving, supportive individuals in a comfortable environment, you will likely feel content and safe. Contrarily, if you’re surrounded by critical and abusive individuals in an oppressive environment, you will generally feel unhappy and unsafe. That said, if you are not sober, you might not even be aware of the ways in which these energies are affecting you. When numbing ourselves through substance abuse, the toxicity level may not be as noticeable, regardless of its damaging spiritual impact. Additionally, because substances lower the spiritual immune system, the lack of spiritual immunities and inhibitions may even allow these energies to attach to you (further impacting your mood).

Sobriety allows you to take note of these toxic environments. It gives you the opportunity to begin sensing the difference between high and low energy – that which you enjoy being around and that which you don’t – and set boundaries accordingly.

Protect Your Spirit

More importantly, sobering up protects the spirit against low energies. Though marijuana and hallucinogens have been said to assist in accessing a higher level of consciousness, these substances actually attract lower energies to us. When under the influence of substances, we are most vulnerable to low energies.

Sobriety keeps our spiritual gifts sharp and acts as a shield during meditation (or spiritual practice of any kind), preventing low energies from easing in. When you choose sobriety, you strengthen your innate (rather than induced) spiritual gifts, increase your self- and energetic awareness, instantly raise your vibration and release all the low or negative energy you’ve been carrying. This process alone is spiritual evolution.

Stay sober, and stay woke.

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